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BIH Lecture Series | Frontiers in Translational Medicine – Scientific and Structural Challenges

Digitalization is anticipated to transform medicine and support translational medicine. However, most of today’s medical data lack interoperability: hidden in isolated databases, incompatible systems and proprietary software, data is difficult to exchange, analyze, and interpret. This slows down medical progress, as technologies that rely on these data – artificial intelligence, big data, device connectivity or mobile applications – cannot be used to their full potential. In this lecture, we argue that interoperability is a prerequisite for digital innovations envisioned for future medicine. We focus on four areas where interoperable data and IT systems are particularly important: (1) artificial intelligence and big data; (2) medical communication and connectivity; (3) research; and (4) international cooperation. We discuss how interoperability can facilitate digital transformation in these areas to improve the health and well-being of patients worldwide and what can we learn from national and international best practices?

Professor Sylvia Thun is Director of the Core Unit eHealth and Interoperability (CEI) at the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), the Translational Research Unit of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. She will explain why interoperability of medical data is fundamental to digital innovation and how it facilitates digital transformation in research and medicine, which in turn benefits patients.

Sylvia Thun, MD, PhD (physician and engineer) is a full professor for Information and Communication Technology in Healthcare at University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein and Visiting Professor at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. She is the Director of the Core Unit E-Health and Interoperability at Berlin Institute of Health. Her main research areas are standardization and semantic interoperability. She previously worked at the German Institute for Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI/BfArM) and at the German Ministry of Health and was responsible for E-Health, Terminologies and Drug Information Systems. She coordinated national and international projects e.g. FP7 epSOS -cross- border healthcare in the EU, Horizon 2020 ASSESS CT. As chair of the DIN-NaMED Working Committee "Terminology", she is a delegate and expert at CEN 215 and ISO 215. Dr. Thun is chair of HL7 Germany as well as "Past User Chair" and "Caretaker Pharmacy" at IHE Germany. 


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Friday, 12 March 2021
12 – 1 pm


via GoToMeeting

A login-link or dial-in number for the phone as well as an access code for the BIH Lecture will be provided the evening before the event.


Please register here.
The registration will be open until maximal participant capacity is reached.